Title: Artist, Educator
Company: East Meadow Public School District
Location: Valley Stream, New York, United States
Cheryl Safren, Artist and Educator at the East Meadow Public School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.
Ms. Safren is an artist who works in a dynamic process involving copper, chemicals, and extreme heat. Her medium is metals and chemical reactions, art that draws from the 44 years of reflection and craft since she earned a BFA from the Pratt Institute in 1973. “Mood and thought change as light and color shift rhapsodically. When the light dims or strikes at certain angles the color becomes saturated, majestic, and even reverential. Shifting light on the copper surface and viewer movement are the kinesthetic forces altering perception, allowing us to discover new and interesting things each time we view the work.”
Born to Abraham Rothberg and Marilyn Pearl Finchler, Ms. Safren married Martin Safren in 1975 and raised two children, Aviva Einhorn and Nathaniel Isaac. She produced numerous works of art and produced articles for numerous artistic and scientific publications. The latter comes from many hours of research and experimentation, using chemical interactions to express works influenced by biology and the environment. Ms. Safren’s work has been exhibited in one-woman shows hosted by both scientific and artistic institutions, such as the Discovery Museum in Connecticut and the Great Neck Art Center in New York. Her art resides in the permanent collections of, notably, the cites of Aurora, Colorado and Balatonfured in Hungary, as well as Thyssen Industries in Germany, the University of Georgia, the University of Maine, Florida State University, the University of Montana, the University of Utah, Iowa State University, the Yuko Nii Foundation, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the Garvies Point Museum in New York, not far from Ms. Safren herself.
After developing her scientific experiments into artwork, Ms. Safren returned to academia and earned an MSc from Hosftra University in 1996. She was certified by the New York Department of Education in 1997, and shared her knowledge as a teacher of art with the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck, New York until 2005. From there, she taught at the Manhasset Union Free School District and the Great Neck Public School District until joining East Meadow in 2010. Ms. Safren has been granted a number of residencies and artistic grants, notably an early residency with the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Balatonfured, and a 1984 First Place Prize in the Individual Artist Showcase hosted by the Queens Central Library in New York. Ms. Safren continues to be honored with public art commissions and features all across the country, most recently in 2015 at the Chemistry Building of the University of Montana.
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